Spain: European-Mid East leaders summit postponed again

November 15, 2010 14:44

MADRID — Spain on Monday said a summit of European and Middle Eastern leaders has been postponed for a second time, due to the stalemate in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The summit of the Union for the Mediterranean had tentatively been scheduled for Nov. 21 in Barcelona.The Spanish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Spain and the union's co-presidents France and Egypt decided to postpone it.

The statement said "the current stalemate in the Middle East peace process" made it impossible to ensure "satisfactory participation" in the meeting.

Spain first planned the meeting for June 7 during its stint as European Union president but delayed it, saying officials wanted to give Israeli-Palestinian talks time to yield results.

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